Swiss psychologist Carl Jung hypothesized that the human psyche has three major components—the ego, the personal unconscious, and the collective unconscious. Jung’s theory tells us that the ego represents the conscious mind, while the personal unconscious contains our memories, even those we can’t recall.
The collective unconscious is unique. Jung believed that this part of the human psyche contains all the knowledge and experiences we share as a species. Our collective unconscious is divided into various archetypes that symbolize and motivate our behaviors. There are 4 major archetypes—the persona, self, animus, and shadow—but several others exist. One of these is the caregiver archetype.
The persona is the face we show to the world. For some, that face is the caregiver persona or archetype.
The Caregiver Archetype
It’s generally easy to spot people whose dominant archetype is the caregiver. Generous to a fault, they are always willing to lend a helping hand, even to strangers and those who may not deserve it.
A few additional characteristics of someone who fits the caregiver archetype include:
- Nurturing and warm
- Self-sacrificing, putting others first
- Compassionate and empathetic
- Loving and kind
- Preferring to live humbly
- Not motivated by money
- Reluctant to ask for help
Some cautionary tips for those with a caregiver archetype include:
- Mind your financial affairs so as not to be taken advantage of by those with unscrupulous motives.
- Make time for self-care, such as exercise, healthy nutrition, and sleep.
- Learn how to set priorities and be comfortable saying “no” to requests for help.
What Is Your Personal Archetype?
Many psychologists believe, as did Jung, that there are 12 to 14 different archetypes. Learning your primary archetype is the first step on your journey to self-discovery and living your most authentic life.
Individualogist has a free quiz you can take to determine your archetype. You might be a caregiver, or you could be a hero, explorer, sage, creator, magician, or any one of 12 different archetypes.
Home Care Delivered with Heart
At Griswold Home Care agencies across the country, you’ll likely find a variety of professionals who fall into the caregiver archetype category. They specialize in working with seniors and people with disabilities. Some enjoy sharing their skills and experience with adults who have dementia, while others provide support to seniors with neurological conditions.
Whatever their specialty, our team members are professionals who share a desire to improve the lives of patients and families alike. We encourage you to call the Griswold agency nearest you to discuss ways we can support your efforts to care for a friend or family member.
If you are a caregiver with a passion for others, contact us to learn more about our caregiver opportunities.